I had the great privilege of joining high-ranking Israeli politicians and participating in a ground-breaking closed door session organized by CECI’s Economic Forum for Government Stability.
In attendance were Minister of Justice Jacob Ne’eman from Likud Party and Head of the Opposition, Tzipi Livni, from Kadima Party and many more. I am thrilled to report that I witnessed committed officials, across party lines, adamantly trying to achieve a “milestone” of cooperation in the quest to secure government stability.
At this historical session, various party leaders agreed to work together to push for the much-needed electoral reform.
It fills me with pride to see us move closer to a dream that we all share – a stable, strong State of Israel.
Today, the news resonated in various newspapers throughout Israel. I hope you enjoy the article below.
Izak Parviz Nazarian
The Frontline of Changing the Government System
The Minister of Justice Jacob Ne’eman (Likud Party) and Chairman of the Opposition, Tzipi Livni (Kadima Party), agreed yesterday to promote a proposal law for changing the government system in Israel.
Written By: Yuval Karni, Political Analyst
A rare agreement has crossed party lines! Yesterday, Minister of Justice Jacob Ne’eman, Chairman of Kadima Tzipi Livni, and MK David Rotem from Israel Beytenu Party agreed to cooperate in reforming the government system in Israel by changing to a direct election of the Prime Minister.
“The Prime Minister in Israel needs to be elected by the people,” said Minister of Justice Jacob Ne’eman at a special meeting devoted to the issue of changing Israel’s government system. Chairman of Kadima, Livni, proposed that the head of the larger party should automatically be elected Prime Minister “without the need of political agreements”.
MK Rotem, who served as the Chairman of the Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee in the Knesset, agreed on the direct election of the Prime Minister, but he proposed that there should be a presidential system (as opposed to a Parliamentary System) in which the Prime Minister or the President is elected directly by the people. The agreement regarding the need for changing the government system was achieved yesterday at a meeting held at the home of the businessman Michael Strauss. The conference was initiated by the Economic Forum for Government Stability, spearheaded by The Citizens’ Empowerment Center in Israel, a non-proft organization founded by Jewish American businessman Izak Nazarian. Among the participants in the meeting were the former Minister of Justice – Daniel Friedmann, Chairman of Kadima Council – Haim Ramon, Businessmen – Amos Shapira and Israel (Izzy) Borovich, Professor David Menashri, and Professor Gideon Doron. The politicians, the businessman and the academia people decided at the end of the meeting to continue the discussions in order to create a proposal law that will “cross parties” in an attempt to change the government system.
Ne’eman, Livni and Rotem all believe that this step is necessary in order to “reduce the power of the small parties,” however, they have not yet come to an agreement as to the method of electing the Prime Minister. Ne’eman believes in the 2 “ballots system”: one for Prime Minister and the other for the party. Livni believes that the head of the larger party should automatically be nominated Prime Minister, and Rotem believes that Israel needs to change to a presidential system, an opinion with which the Minister of Foreign Affairs concurs.
“The Economic Forum for Government Stability” presented a survey of one of the leading research institutions “Maagar Mochot”, which reported that a large majority of the public despises the current election system. Almost half of the public supports changing to a presidential regime. The majority of the participants stated that the frequent government changes are terrible for Israel and 2/3 of the participants believe that there needs to be a law to ensure that governments serve for exactly 4 years.